The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The source of everything in the world.

Yesterday, Tiarnan was sitting on his mother's lap. He looked up at her, with evident thought in his eyes and put his arms around her neck.

"Mummy," he began, intently, "You give me everything.", he said with a strange, conclusive certainty as if he had, in that moment, understood the significance of that.

"Wow!", he continued, then he paused, apparently to contemplate the "everything" which she gave. "Everything!"

Syahidah savoured the sweetness of his words but, as is her style, immediately felt undeserving. In her heart, she felt that there was so much more she could give, so much she was not ABLE to give him, owing to circumstance and the restrictions of the life we have (as, of course, all lives have their differing restrictions). Yet, she did not see, what I see now: that, for Tiarnan, all his imagined needs, wants and desires were met by his mother. He cannot conceive of anything he might be missing, of anything his mother does not provide him. He is fulfilled, sated and happy. She has made his life full.

Syahidah told me this tale, at night, as we readied for sleep. She wore a soft, wondering smile on her lips as she spoke of it and I knew that he had touched her deeply, in the way, only one's children, truly can. Syahidah was the world, to Tiarnan and Tiarnan the world to Syahidah (or one of her four worlds, anyway!). That, of course, is the way it should be. The role of a family, is to make a world that has never been and never will be again, to sustain people who have never been and never will be again. A family is a pocket universe, and no less important than the universe itself, for being smaller.

I think, in some way, Tiarnan felt that, in his mother's arms, yesterday. He felt the limitless world his mother gave him. Of course, that world has a name. It is called "love".

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, 10, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, 6 and Tiarnan, 4, this month, please go to:

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Blogger Yoa Ngadenin said...

:-) Cant wait for my chilren to say those words of Tiarnan..

4:08 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes. It is a sweet and rewarding moment that says, at the least, she is doing something right.

Best wishes on raising your kids...and I hope that moment comes for you.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Lyric said...

Very sweet. :)

12:46 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you, Lyric. I thought so, too.

9:19 AM  

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